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On her third album, 2008’s Outside Our Gates, Athens, Georgia singer-songwriter Liz Durrett continues to search through a vague, murky landscape for moments of splendor and contentment. Her arrangements are seemingly sparse, yet she employs a great many instruments that often quietly weave unassumingly through the songs, building and releasing tension without ever turning grandiose. There’s a gentle trickle laced throughout “In the Eaves,” as cello, piano, xylophone, and acoustic guitar combine for great effect. Durrett’s soothing voice takes on several different modes, and she often double-tracks her vocals for powerful results. “Wild As Them (A Memorial)” expresses a daydream, while ‘We Build Bridges” has a child-like hymn quality to its near ethereal beauty. Elsewhere, she strips down to a bare confession where her raw emotion, still kept mindfully restrained, adds to the minimalist quality of the often elliptical, often imagistic lyrics (“Lost Hiker”). The orchestration turns tougher for “All of Them All,” building towards a threatening chaos. “Always Signs” visits the percussive menace of a skewered Tom Waits production. Durrett’s capable of pulling in many different directions and still making it work for her.

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Beautiful sadness with a twinge of anger

I am biased because I love Liz Durrett almost no matter what. There are a few songs that don't carry the soft, heavy, yearning that I crave from her, but rather have a harder edge. Like Liz Durrett meets Cat Power. She continues to deliver amazing music that is reflected in this album. There are many beautiful songs on the album, but "Not Running" is my favorite. It is incredible and I would say the whole album is worth it if you're willing to evolve with her slightly different sound creeping in periodically.

A Little More Mature Than Her Other Albums

I love how they describe Liz Durrett's music as a landscape - totally apropos. I remember when she released this album, and I was so happy to hear her voice, subtly more mature but familiar at the same time. She is an extraordinary talent and this album is mellow concentrated joy.


Born: Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Liz Durrett was born in Rome, GA, in 1978. She was mentored and encouraged in her music by her uncle, singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. As a teenager in the early to mid-'90s, while attending high school and then, for a year, the University of Georgia at Athens, she recorded her songs with Chesnutt producing. She moved to Oakland, CA, where she lived for a few years while her boyfriend, whom she later married, attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Then they returned to Athens,...
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